There has been A LOT of fuss lately in regards to the Hannah Davis Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover which was released this past week. The media has been a-buzz with the question — is the cover image too much?
Here’s the image again, just to refresh your memory:
Now, it’s being said that the image above is way to risque for a magazine cover, and in fact, it’s being said that the cover is borderline pornographic. But let’s discuss this a bit further….
I’m understanding the fact that, yes, this image is very close to being inappropriate for a magazine cover that is on stands in your local grocery store. Davis is pulling down her bikini bottoms to reveal a lot of skin, and a lot of torso. It’s leaving very little up to the imagination.
In a culture that is fascinated and obsessed with going viral from pushing the boundaries and pushing the limits, are you really that surprised? Shock value, people. That’s what the media does, that’s what movies are thriving on, that is how you get buzz nowadays — sad, but true. So when this cover came out, I really wasn’t too surprised. Sports Illustrated knows what they’re doing. It’s a very marketable move. They have gotten exactly what they needed — a beautiful girl to create TONS of buzz and attention in the media, which brings in tremendous sales. The isn’t the first time SI Swim has been around the block.
But let’s also discuss last year’s cover while we’re at it:
Three TOPLESS models, touching each other’s butts, with very little fabric from their brazilian bikini bottoms. HOW IS THIS ANY DIFFERENT?! If Lily’s Aldridge’s hair wasn’t in the way, you would straight up see Nina Agdal’s nipple. So how come this cover received so much praise and Davis’ is thrown to the wolves? Is it because Davis is facing the front, while the three models above around turned around? Are we more prone to accepting rear-end nudity, but frontal is where we draw the line? Where do we even get off drawing a line in the first place? Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen, and Lily Aldridge are all wearing LESS than Davis in their photo. So what’s the big deal?
Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen, and Lily Aldridge publicly said last year 2014 was the year of the rear and we all accepted it and laughed and agreed. When Davis says it’s “the year of the torso” we all freak. People, she’s right. We are obsessed with flat stomachs, and toned bodies, and abs. How many articles do you see claiming to flatten your abs, or tone your tummy? It’s everywhere.
This is my honest opinion….
I don’t see anything wrong with Hannah Davis on the cover of 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. There, I said it. I think she has an AMAZING body and instead of criticizing her we should be worshiping her. HONORING HER AND HER HARD WORK AS A MODEL. She’s in shape! She’s athletic. She works hard on her physique. So why not offer her our love instead of bringing her down?
Girls bullying girls instead of supporting them and loving them. That’s all we hear about nowadays.
Remember when Nick Jonas posed in “Flaunt” magazine a few months ago?
Everyone LOVED this photo. “So sexy” or “he’s so cool” or “look at that body!”
So tell me, how is this more acceptable than Hannah Davis? Why do we swoon over a Jonas brother blatantly grabbing his crotch, but tear down Davis for alluding to pulling down her bikini bottom to reveal more of her torso?
We support Hannah Davis and Sports Illustrated on their decision for this cover. We LOVE this cover. We support women who choose to showcase their beautiful bodies on their own platforms.
But, we want to hear from you. We want to hear WHY you support this cover or WHY you think it’s inappropriate. Remember, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so we don’t want insults being throw over opinions. But we want to kickstart a general conversation over this hot buzz topic.
So, what do you think of the Hannah Davis 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover?